If you’re driving to Epsom Downs, the racecourse is located just off the A217 and is well signposted. There is ample parking available on site, but it’s best to arrive early to avoid any traffic delays.
The nearest train station to Epsom Downs is Tattenham Corner, which is located just a short walk from the racecourse. Trains run regularly from London Victoria and take approximately 40 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a train to Epsom station and then catch a shuttle bus to the racecourse.
There are a number of bus routes that serve Epsom Downs Racecourse, including the 460 and 480. These buses run regularly from Epsom and other nearby towns.
There are a few different dress codes for the Epsom Derby, depending on where you are at the event. Here’s what to wear to the Epsom Derby and how to wear it.
For Ladies Day, men must wear a jacket, collared shirt and tie. Women are asked to wear a fascinator or hat and children should be dressed smartly. Jeans, sports shorts, denim and trainers are not acceptable anywhere at the event.
For Derby Day, men need to wear either a black or grey morning suit with a top hat but have the option of service dress or full national costume if that’s more their thing. Ladies must wear a formal day dress, or a tailored trouser suit, with a hat or substantial fascinator. Fancy dress isn’t allowed and will lead to guests being denied entry to the event.
Grandstand (Duchess’s Stand)
In hospitality areas, men need to wear jackets and collared shirts, ties are encouraged but not essential. Ladies are asked to wear a fascinator or hat. Denim is allowed but it should be smart and not frayed, worn, or ripped. Children should be dressed smartly.
In the enclosure, jackets, trousers and collared shirts are encouraged but not essential. Again denim is allowed but it must be smart and not frayed, worn or ripped and children should be smartly dressed. No sleeveless vests, fancy dress, or sportswear and this includes trainers.
Upper Tattenham Enclosure and The Hill
Due to the event’s nature, the dress code is quite a bit more relaxed than most other horse racing fixtures. Jackets, trousers and collared shirts are encouraged but not essential.
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